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What to Plant Now: Leafy Greens

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Along with traditional fall crops like mustard, turnips and collards, fall is a great time to try arugula, Chinese cabbage, and other Asian greens that have caught your eye. Leafy greens become more crisp and sweet as nights become cooler and longer. Sow the seeds where you want them to grow, and shade the seeded bed for a few days to keep it moist. See 13 Ways to Beat the Heat for a roundup of easy ways to help beds keep their cool through the dog days of August.


Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant gardens in southwest Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and a few lucky chickens. Contact Barbara by visiting her website or finding her on .

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myraschell
8/30/2008 11:43:19 AM

I just got in seeds from Underwood Gardens with interesting names like "Drunken Woman" and I can't wait to get them in the ground. My only hold up is figuring the best spot in the backyard. John- try the Ball Blue Book for salsa recipes. We made the fiesta salsa last summer and enjoyed it all winter. Eric- when do you plant your cilantro? I have trouble with the timing of my veggies to get all the ingredients needed for the recipes I love. I'm still waiting for my eggplants for my panini and veggie lasagna.


myraschell
8/30/2008 11:42:40 AM

I just got in seeds from Underwood Gardens with interesting names like "Drunken Woman" and I can't wait to get them in the ground. My only hold up is figuring the best spot in the backyard. John- try the Ball Blue Book for salsa recipes. We made the fiesta salsa last summer and enjoyed it all winter. Eric- when do you plant your cilantro? I have trouble with the timing of my veggies to get all the ingredients needed for the recipes I love. I'm still waiting for my eggplants for my panini and veggie lasagna.


john valentine_1
8/29/2008 12:54:12 PM

I am new to canning and would like to put up some salsa, any recipes to suggest, and canning tips.


eric patnoe
8/19/2008 11:49:24 AM

Maybe not entirely related, I like to plant my cilantro a bit later so its ready when my tomatoes are. Then its all ready at the same time when salsa canning time comes.